Tag Archives: Magnesium

The Right Way to Supplement Electrolytes

Once you know the basics, it’s not that difficult to supplement electrolytes correctly but many people don’t know how and it’s taking more of a toll than is realized. Even mild dehydration can have a major effect on performance Electrolytes … Continue reading

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Magnesium and Your Horse

The importance of magnesium was ignored for many years but appreciation has grown with our understanding of the vital functions it fulfills. Magnesium normally has a stabilizing effect in the nervous system Like calcium and phosphorus in the skeleton, magnesium … Continue reading

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Can You Recognize Muscular Performance Issues?

There is no missing it when a horse ties up, or even has a severe localized muscle injury, but generalized muscular dysfunction is more difficult to recognize and can cause significant pain, poor performance, gait and/or behavioral issues. Sustained daily … Continue reading

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Minerals and the Insulin Resistant Horse

Minerals have direct and indirect involvement in virtually every action in the body, and have important effects on Insulin Resistance (IR) or its consequences. IR is different in the horse than in the human, but the same basic principals apply.  … Continue reading

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Living with Old Soft Tissue Injuries

Tendon and suspensory ligament injuries plague horses performing in all disciplines.  Even pleasure horses and pasture ornaments may fall victim if they take the proverbial “bad step” over rough ground conditions. These are every bit as painful as bone or … Continue reading

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The Foundation for Strong Immunity

There are many herbs, plant or bacterial extracts and probiotics that can stimulate the immune system but they won’t help if the horse’s body does not have the basic raw material it needs to respond. That comes from the diet. … Continue reading

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Spring Grass Laminitis

Spring is the peak time for grass-associated laminitis in most parts of the world. You can effectively treat or, better yet, prevent it but only if you understand the mechanism. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Scott A fat pony is the … Continue reading

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Fall Laminitis

There are many possible causes of laminitis but the vast majority of cases have a hormonal/endocrine root.  There is a peak in the spring, related to grazing young high sugar growths of grass.  A second peak occurs in the fall, … Continue reading

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Muscle Support for the Active Horse

Horses are superb athletes but not immune to muscle problems.  Muscle issues affect the whole body and can escape detection as a performance problem.  Signs to look for include: no/low enthusiasm for work sweating in excess of exercise level or … Continue reading

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How Stuff Works

For as long as I have been writing about horse health issues I’ve been told people just want to know what to do, not why.  I know this isn’t 100% true, and hope it’s actually much less than that.  To … Continue reading

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